Emotional Vettel revels in first victory for Ferrari


Sebastian Vettel has been left speechless after claiming an emotional win for Ferrari in just his second race for the team.

The German driver produced a perfect display in Malaysia on Sunday to clinch his first race win since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, as Mercedes struggled with tire management in the extreme heat of Sepang.

Vettel joined Ferrari at the beginning of the year after spending six seasons with Red Bull in a move that saw him follow in the footsteps of his hero, Michael Schumacher.

In Malaysia on Sunday, the four-time world champion dominated proceedings at Sepang to cross the line 8.5 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

On the podium after the race, Vettel made no secret of his delight, struggling for words at times.

“It’s been a while – I haven’t been on the top step,” Vettel said. “My first time obviously with Scuderia Ferrari. I’m speechless…

“Obviously a big change over the winter, and the welcome that the team gave me has just been fantastic. I’ve only done two races, but it’s really a great atmosphere.

“[I’m] proud of today. We beat [Mercedes] fair and square. A great achievement, we have a great car. It is a bit emotional.”

Vettel mentioned Schumacher on the podium, saying that he is living a dream by racing for Ferrari and winning for the Scuderia.

“I am speechless,” Vettel said. “Last year was not a good year for me. I was struggling. This year’s car seems to suit me very well, and the team has been phenomenal.

“I remember when the gate opened at Maranello, it was like a dream coming true. I remember the last time I was there I was a kid watching Michael over the fence. Now I’m driving that very red car… it’s incredible.

“Today the race was spot on, great strategy, great race. Thanks to the team. A really really great day.”

With his fourth race win at Sepang, Vettel also became the most successful driver in the history of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, and will be hoping to use this result as a springboard for a possible championship challenge in 2015.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.